Headteacher’s Weekly Bulletin
Friday 11th April 2014
Well, if you didn’t attend last night’s Talent Show, you missed an absolute treat. I think we say this every year but the “talent” just seems to get better and better. It would be wrong to single out any particular student performance as they were all superb but I thought Mr Cropper’s take on Jai Ho broadcast “live” from Delhi was inspired and what can one say about Jamie Longshaw as compere. When Mr Tomlinson stepped down from the role, there were those who thought we had lost a fundamental part of the show, the glue that held it all together. Fear ye not; it was a case of “the king is dead, long live the king!” Jamie was dashing, debonair and mightily accomplished in his guitar playing and his lightening fast one-liners. If you wish to see the “selfie” taken by Jamie it can be found on the Music department Twitter feed @Mus_Wellington.
Well done to all of you who took part, staff included (surrealism once again from MFL), and thank you to those without whom the show wouldn’t have taken place; Mrs Moorhouse and Mrs Johnson (our music gurus), Mrs Hoogenberg (i/c ticket sales), Mr Eckersley (sound and lighting), Miss Grey (photographer-in-chief), PSA and SLT who manned the bar and raffle, stage hands Katie Allen and Lucy Turnbull, Mrs Willingham’s team of “paparazzi” and Tom Waters (assistant to Mr Eckersley). If I’ve missed you out, my humblest and sincerest apologies.
I have expressed my views on the ultimate purpose of education and our role in that, i.e. to prepare students for the next stage in their lives, on several occasions via this medium. Of course, gaining qualifications has be a priority but one cannot deny that events such as the Talent Show go far beyond being a bit of fun; they provide students with the opportunity, in many cases, to step outside their comfort zone and develop other facets of their character. That is why I am such an advocate of extra-curricular activity whether it be musical, sporting, theatrical or from any other domain. At Wellington, we offer the lot!
Mr Travis has provided me with this summary of what Year 8 students have been up to of late;
"The Year 8 students have been working on the design and manufacture of Piet Mondrian styled clocks aimed at the target market of young professionals. The clocks have been 100% designed and manufactured from scratch using the materials, hand tools and equipment in the workshop. The students have also applied the finish to their products using a range of masking techniques and high quality colour application with brushes and emulsion paint. I’m sure you will agree the outcomes are superb and demonstrate excellent attention to detail! Well done Y8’s. "
Miss Spencer has been running Key Stage 3 spelling competitions this week and in Year 7 Ethan Pearce ultimately emerged victorious. It was a hard fought battle, by all accounts, with Aidan Cocker coming a close second. The other finalists were Aisha Shad, Charlotte Mairs, Jack Hardiman, and Niall Taberner.
On Monday, Alice Buxton-Perkins became the winner of the 2014 Year 9 spelling bee with Charley Guy in second place. The other finalists were Hollie Marsland, Scott Ng, Kieron Wood and Darnell Thorn.
Finally, yesterday at lunch, Matt Leonard, Leah Moghimi, Amy Loftus and Melissa McDonagh “duked” it out for the Year 8 crown and Leah came out tops, beating off Matt in the finals.
All winners received a £5 gift certificate for WH Smith with certificates and merits for everyone who participated. “An excellent spelling effort all round,” concludes Miss Spencer.
Also in the English department, Miss Hitchens, Mrs Rainford and Mr Williams took 53 Year 10-13s to the Playhouse theatre in Liverpool on Monday night to see ‘A View from the Bridge’ by Arthur Miller. This is a play that is studied for GCSE English Literature and will feature in next month’s final exams. I am told the play was fantastic and that it was so gratifying to hear from the students how useful it was to see a live performance of one of their texts because “it offered them more perception into the characters’ behaviour”. As expected, all that went along were excellently behaved and a credit to the school.
Thank you to colleagues in English for providing another enriching opportunity.
Additional support for students preparing for their public examinations is on-going and the English department held a targeted session on Wednesday evening between 5 and 7 p.m.
34 Year 11 girls attended the two-hour session to hone their skills for Section B of the A680 paper. Despite being (understandably) somewhat fatigued, the girls were as positive, polite and enthusiastic as ever. Well done ladies and a huge thank you to Miss Spencer, Mrs Young and Mr Williams for giving up their time to run the sessions.
As mentioned previously, Mr Holt, Miss English, Miss Hodges and Mrs Thomson last week took 50 Year 10 Geography students on a trip to Shropshire to enhance their study of River Courses. You can find a detailed report from Mrs Thomson and accompanying photos in the Media Gallery.
Exciting news from Miss MacGlinchey who reports "This week was a milestone in Wellington with the first ever badminton, table-tennis and girls' football interform competitions! There was a buzz of excitement amongst the boys and Mr Morgan tells me he was very impressed by the standard of the table tennis, particularly in Year 7. The competition was set up this time so each tutor had an A and B team and the scores were tallied together so it was fully inclusive and it was wide open for anyone to win!
The Year 7 results are: 1st 7GBN (France); 2nd 7ESS (Germany); 3rd 7MRN (Hungary).
The Year 8 results are: 1st 8AGL (China); 2nd 8NMN (Korea); 3rd 8SSY (Russia).
The Year 9 results are: 1st 9EJN (Hungary); 2nd 9ZHS (China); 3rd 9LTC (Great Britain).
Girls' football interform again had a great response from pupils and there was a wonderful turn-out from all year groups. The enthusiasm was fantastic to see especially given the poor weather conditions at times. There were some outstanding individual performances and great camaraderie and teamwork to be seen from the girls' competition.
The Year 7 results are: 1st 7KJS (Great Britain); 2nd 7MME (China); 3rd 7MRN (Hungary).
The Year 8 results are: 1st 8NMN (Korea); 2nd 8PMI (France); 3rd 8SSY (Russia).
The Year 9 results are: 1st 9ZHS (China); 2nd 9LTC (Great Britain); 3rd 9SHG (Italy)."
Sixth Form News
Miss Grey and Mrs Wilson are holding the fort in the absence of Mr Cropper who is in India with Mrs Stephens, Mr Whitaker and 21 Sixth Formers (picture shows them as they are about to set off on Wednesday) and they are ensuring that students are knuckling down to some serious revision for AS and A levels which begin shortly after the Eater break. Now is the time to put part-time jobs, romance and social media (unless it’s with a view to sharing revision tips) on the back burner for the next 2 months. It’s most certainly a price worth paying.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish Shaun Muscroft (13JCK) the very best of luck as he competes in the Commonwealth Games swimming trials in Glasgow next Wednesday. We had a Wellington Winter Olympian in Rebekah Wilson in Sochi so why not a Commonwealth Games competitor?
Linking in with the India trip, 9SHG did a collection for gifts that would be delivered to one of the schools the group are visiting. The collection they put together included clothes, notepads, pencils crayons and books to read. This was a wonderful gesture considering they had already collected money in the previous couple of weeks for the sponsored walk charity.
Today we say farewell to Miss Fisher (Geography) who has been with us since 2006 and has proven to be an integral part of the Geography department in that time. We wish her and the family well for the future. Dr Scales also leaves us today to assume a post at Cheadle Hulme High School and as a temporary replacement we have been very fortunate in securing the services of Mr Dryden, a recently retired Chemistry specialist from Loreto Grammar School with over 30 years’ experience.
Miss Dascombe gets married this weekend and will return after Easter as Mrs Collinge. I hope you have a wonderful and dry day.
Our Sponsored Walk fund-raising total for Moodswings stands at another staggering total of £28,000. There are still around 150 students yet to bring their sponsor money in so let’s hope we can break the £30K once again.
Well, we made it; another term completed, and a particularly demanding yet rewarding one at that for students, staff and parents, no doubt, alike. I hope you all enjoy whatever recuperation time you may have over the next fortnight. On more than one occasion I have used the Easter theme of resurrection for assemblies at the beginning of the summer term but using the Latin derivation of the verb to have a resurgence, a burst of energy, a new lease of life, if you like. I do genuinely believe it is possible to take stock over the next two weeks and launch into one almighty final push towards examinations regardless of prior effort or attainment. On a more general level, perhaps we could all adopt the resurrection theme to set some mid-year resolutions, perhaps the ones we failed at in January?
Happy Easter to you all.
S P Beeley
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